All lanes reopen hours after tractor-trailer, car fire shuts down Parkway West – WPXI

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ROBINSON, Pa. — A fiery crash involving a semi-truck and a car shut down both outbound lanes of the Parkway West on Thursday, according to PennDOT.

PHOTOS: Crash, fire has Parkway West shut down in both directions

According to PennDOT, all lanes have reopened.

According to Moon Run Volunteer Fire Company, all occupants were able to get themselves out of the vehicles after the accident.

Chopper 11 was over the scene. We could see a car that is charred up on the median and a semi-truck next to it, which was also on fire.

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911 dispatchers said no injuries have been reported.

Check back for updates on this breaking story.

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Police searching for suspect after Whitehall police officer dragged by man fleeing traffic stop – WPXI

WHITEHALL BOROUGH, Pa. — Allegheny County police are searching for a suspect after a Whitehall borough police officer was dragged by a man fleeing a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

According to a press release, officers conducted a traffic stop for the suspicion of a DUI at 3:44 a.m. in the 4700 block of Clairton Boulevard (Route 51).

Police said the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident.

The male passenger would not listen to police commands, and jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

As officers attempted to get the man out of the vehicle, he placed the car in drive and grabbed onto one of the officers.

The officer was dragged approximately 240 feet before being thrown from the vehicle.

The officer was transported to an area hospital before being treated and released.

The vehicle was a gray 2018 Chrysler 300, with PA license plate LNY9582.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Black male and heavy set.

Police said he could be from the McKeesport area.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Allegheny County tip line at 1(833)-ALL-TIPS.

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PWSA crews repairing massive water break on major Pittsburgh street – WPXI

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A massive water break is causing big traffic problems on a major Pittsburgh Street, and crews are still working to repair it.

The break happened around 2:30 p.m. in front of Pittsburgh Collision in the 6100 block of Butler Street. This isn’t far from the 62nd Street Bridge on the Lawrenceville/Stanton Heights border.

PHOTOS: Massive water break causing traffic nightmare on major Pittsburgh street

The PWSA says that crews will be working until further notice. Addresses from 6062 through 6068 Butler Street have no water service and were notified by robocalls.

Butler Street from 62nd Street Bridge to 57th Street is closed to traffic at this time. The PWSA says that as repairs continue, the closure may change.

Anyone needing more information about this water break should call the PWSA Emergency Dispatch at (412)255-2423.

Stay with 11 News for updates on this situation.


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Speed limit changes, road closures due to winter storm – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Road conditions will deteriorate as freezing rain, sleet and snow fall across western Pennsylvania.

The winter storm will continue into Friday, and these travel restrictions and road closures have been announced:


The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works said steep and problematic portions of the following streets will be closed beginning Thursday morning (between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.) and continuing until conditions allow them to be safely reopened.

  • Capitol Avenue
  • Newett Street
  • Copperfield Street
  • South Negley Avenue
  • Suffolk Street
  • Rialto Street

PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Various speed limit and vehicle restrictions are being put in place by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

HOV Lanes

“The I-279 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes will remain closed to traffic until further notice,” PennDOT said.

Speed Limit Restrictions

As of Thursday morning, speed limits were reduced on the following interstates:

  • I-79: Speed limit reduced to 45 mph. Commercial vehicles right lane only.
  • I-376: Speed limit reduced to 45 mph. Commercial vehicles right lane only.
  • Route 28: Speed limit reduced to 45 mph. Commercial vehicles right lane only.
  • I-80: Speed limit reduced to 45 mph. Commercial vehicles right lane only.

Vehicle Restrictions

Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors without trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers
  • Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes
  • School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATDs)
  • Motorcycles

Those Tier 1 vehicle restrictions will be in place on the following roadways:

Effective at noon Thursday

  • Interstate 79 from I-80 to Erie
  • I-80 from the Ohio border to I-99
  • I-86, entire length
  • I-90, entire length
  • I-79, 376 and 579 in Allegheny County
  • Route 28 in Allegheny County
  • Interstate 376 in Beaver County (Beaver Valley Expressway)
  • Interstates 79 and 376 in Lawrence County

Effective at 6 p.m. Thursday

  • I-70, entire length
  • I-76 from the Ohio Line to Breezewood (Exit 161)
  • I-79, entire length
  • I-80, entire length
  • I-81 from I-80 to the New York border
  • I-84, entire length
  • I-99, entire length
  • I-180, entire length
  • I-279, entire length
  • I-376, entire length
  • I-380, entire length
  • I-579, entire length
  • All of PA Turnpike 43, 66, 376 and 576

Effective at midnight Friday

  • I-476 from Pocono (Exit 95) to Clarks Summit (Exit 131)

AAA: Tips if you can’t stay home

With the changing conditions, the best advice from the professionals is to stay at home.

“It seems simple, but that’s the easiest way to keep you and your family safe,” said Tiffany Stanley with AAA East.

If you do have to go out for work or an emergency, AAA recommends you prepare with snow essentials in your car, like an ice scraper.

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“If you do start to skid, you don’t want to panic. Our first instinct is to slam on the brakes, and you don’t want to do that. You want to keep the wheel in the direction you are going. So, if you are going straight, keep it straight. Take your foot off the gas and slowly put it on the brake,” Stanley said.

AAA said it anticipates an influx of calls when the storm hits. When it comes to towing and help, stranded motorists on the side of the road will take priority over people who may be stuck with a dead battery at home.

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President Biden to travel to Pittsburgh this week – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — President Joe Biden will be coming to Pittsburgh this Friday.

Here’s what the White House said about his visit:

“On Friday, January 28, the President will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to discuss strengthening the nation’s supply chains, revitalizing American manufacturing, creating good-paying, union jobs, and building a better America, including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

It’s not clear yet where Biden will be visiting or when on Friday he’ll arrive.

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